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USA & Canada Washington DC to Quebec
12th May to 6th June 2000
On day 133 May 12th the Odyssey cavalcade flew from Lisbon to Washington DC for a 5 day layover period. This was a welcome break for all concerned in particular those in the party who were within traveling time from home.
Having spent 10 days in the area back in 1995 following my coast to
coast ride, I was very grateful for some hospitality from my dear
friends Bob and Cindy Roser who live just 40 miles south of Washington
DC. This was for me a chance to catch up on friends in the area,
correspondence in general and my journal plus a little shopping.
On May 18th we departed from Washington DC for the rather tough 5 days
ride to New York City where we had another 2 rest days . As usual the
rest period is never long enough and New York with so much to see and do
was no exception.
It was day 143 that Odyssey 2000 rode into New York City. Had we arrived
together, and ridden in formation with a police escort it would have
been an impressive sight, similar to the Rose Bowl Parade.
As it happened the 40 mile ride from our campsite at Cheesequake, New Jersey, with the subsequent congestion and road bridges did much to split the 240 odd cyclists.
From our point of view, we still had a very impressive entry into this
great City. It was by the 5 mile ferry from Statten Island past the
Statue of Liberty which we entered New York City.
We still had a 7 mile ride through the City to our Hostel which was
situated in Central Park North, and on the edge of Harlem. It was an
area we were told that it would not have been safe to walk alone 5 years
Thanks to the NYPD and the new zero tolerance regime now in operation I am pleased to report that we walked and cycled through Central Park, plus the downtown area.
We departed from New York City before 8 am on 25th May at the height of
the morning rush hour. This would not be considered a wise move by any
experienced cyclist unless they were local.
By late afternoon we were a 101 miles North of New York City at the Kittatinny Campground in a remote part of New York State.
Five days and 512 miles later we arrived in the Capital of Canada, I
refer of course to the beautiful City of Ottawa. Here we were treated to
some luxury on the accommodation side, where we were housed in the Halls
of Residence at the Carleton University.
The presence of 240 cycles and riders is not easy to conceal in any
location, particularly when the media have done their bit.
So it was the turn of the professional bike thieves in Ottawa who helped
themselves to 3 Odyssey cycles which were all securely locked up in the
City Centre on our layover day.
What made this incident even more frustrating for one couple who were
victims, was that they had just spent the equivalent of
£600 each to
upgrade their cycles and replace all worn accessories. Plus the fact
that due to the nature of this trip the Odyssey cycles are not
So the remainder of stage 7 took us East along the St Lawrence River to
Montreal and Quebec. Including rest days this covered a period of 6
During this time the weather was kind and we were again housed at two of
Canada's top Universities at Montreal and Quebec.
“Growing old is compulsory BUT Growing up is optional"
The following day we flew to Paris for the start of stage 8 to Aberdeen.